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Re: 1998 chevy S10 zr2 4x4
In the center of the gear box there is an adjustment screw to tighten or loosen the steering. It is usually and Allen key bolt/screw with a locking nut on it. Loosen the nut and adjust the center screw/bolt. I believe adjusting the screw clockwise is to tighten but I am not positive.
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this could be (a) tie rods (b)idler arm (c)pitman arm (d) steering box shaft///are you leaking fluid ?? (e) ball joints (f) control arm bushings (g) stabilizer bar bushings if the truck is very boating like you feel like your in a boat and the truck is dipping and raising when bumpy roads one side clanking noise or both (h) could also be wheel bearings or the hub which ever you have ///when stopping do you hear a rumbling noise from either side or when turning these are all possible what kind of F150 is it 2wd ///4wd?
Idler arm and or pitman arm most common.could also be excessive play in steering gear box.Tie rods/center link but usually its my first 2 choices go bad bothe of them idler and pitman common wear parts.
The most likely cause is a worn ball and socket (not the 'ball joint' on the suspension) on the Pitman arm for the steering linkage. The steering idler arm's ball and socket may also be worn. The parts are cheap, but it is a PITA to remove the Pitman arm. This can be checked by seeing how much steering wheel play you have before the wheels do anything. Looking at the Pitman arm while doing this may scare you. I drove with a bad one for ~1 year, and was always scared the ball was going to pop out of the socket and result in no steering.
Hello: The pitman arm is attached to the output shaft of the steering box on the drivers side, It attaches to the steering linkage. The idler arm is on the passenger side, one end attaches to the frame the other end to the steering linkage.
a bad idler arm/pitman arm,
You will have a hard time trying to keep the car going straight, it will wander all
over the road.
Road walking. When the vehicle wanders back and forth in the direction of travel and it is difficult to keep it straight.
When sitting still, there is considerable play in the steering wheel. It can be moved considerably with no resistance.
When sitting still, and with the front wheels off the ground, it is possible to move the wheels side to side without the steering wheel moving. If there is to much play in the steering wheel or side to side movement of the wheel when the vehicle is stopped could indicate there is a problem with the idler arm.
when the steering wheel is centred, the front wheels should both point slightly inwards. after the amount of parts changed, i would recommend that you get the tracking checked at a garage using the proper, calibrated measuring systems, to make sure that the steering is set up properly and safely.
Pitman arm requires a pitman arm puller, and a tie rod seperator or "pickle fork". Remove the cotter pin on from the joint on the pitman arm and center link, then remove the nuts from both ends of pitman arm. Use the pitman arm puller to remove the pitman arm from the steering gear, then use the tie rod seperator to remove the end from the center link. Reinstall and retighten nuts, do not leave out the cotter pin.
Idler arm will require tie rod seperator. Remove the cotter pin from the end at the center link, use the tie rod seperator to seperate the joint there. Unbolt the idler arm from the frame, and remove. On reinstalling remember to install a new cotter pin. It would be best to have the front end alignment checked after replacing these parts.